Monday, October 17, 2011

Eating Disorder Hope Newsletter October 15, 2011

The Eating Disorder Hope Monthly Newsletter covers important developments, events and discussions regarding the prevention, awareness and treatment of eating disorders. Find Articles, Treatment Centers, Events Calendar, Research, Announcements, Resources and more.


Honoring Appetite

Deborah Russo, Psy.D., Christine Engstrom, RD, LD, Laura Maloch, RD, LD. @ Remuda Ranch
Healthy infants come into the world completely skilled in detecting their body's signals for hunger and fullness. Yet, as professionals we meet so many people who have not only lost sight of this simple process but also describe fear, shame and disconnection from being able to "honor their appetites." For many, understanding real hunger not only means understanding the physical needs of their body, but also learning to trust and balance their true emotional needs as well...Read More

The Importance of Spirituality in Treatment

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Human beings are not one dimensional creatures; every person is comprised of a body, soul and spirit. Taking all components of the individual into account when providing eating disorder treatment ensures the best possible chance for real recovery...Read More

Addiction and Recovery in the Young Adult Population

Ranch at Dove Tree
The presence of students with alcohol and drug problems on college campuses is a well-documented problem.  Current estimates suggest that as many as 25 percent of all college students in the United States meet the diagnostic criteria for a substance abuse or dependency problem.  While many of these students develop unhealthy substance use behaviors while on campus, the number of freshman arriving on college campuses with established alcohol and drug issues is also increasing...Read More

An fMRI Study of Self-Regulatory Control and Conflict Resolution in Adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa

Rachel Marsh, Ph.D., Guillermo Horga, M.D., Zhishun Wang, Ph.D., Pengwei Wang, Ph.D., Kristin W. Klahr, M.A., Laura A. Berner, A.B., B. Timothy Walsh, M.D. and Bradley S. Peterson, M.D.
When engaging the selfregulatory control processes necessary to resolve conflict, adolescents with bulimia nervosa displayed abnormal patterns of activation in frontostriatal and defaultmode systems. Their abnormal processing of the antecedent stimulus context conditioned their brain response to conflict differently from that of healthy comparison subjects, specifically in frontal regions...Read More

Spice Your Food with Gratitude

Donald Altman, M.A., LPC

"Gratitude packs a powerful punch. It is strong enough to reduce depression and produce happiness."

Do you ever find yourself at war with food and eating? Are you tired of living with this push and pull? Are you exhausted from trying to control food? If so, you may want to shift your focus from control to one of gratitude. The word gratitude has a long history, as you can imagine...Read More

Treatment Centers

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center provides eating disorder treatment for women on 43 beautiful acres just outside of Chicago. We offer a nurturing environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, with or without other co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse/drug addiction, mood disorders or anxiety disorders.
A leader in eating disorder treatment, Timberline Knolls provides real and lasting help for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center has helped hundreds of women and their families achieve long-term recovery, including many who have suffered repeated relapses because of previously unidentified or under-addressed co-occurring disorders.
Timberline Knolls recognizes that each woman has a unique story, and we are committed to helping her harness her own distinctive strengths. Our expert treatment staff forms a collaborative partnership with the resident, her loved ones and outpatient treatment providers. Together, we craft an individualized eating disorder treatment plan for each woman so she may develop the skills she will need to experience the joys of lifelong recovery.
View Timberline Knolls in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library


eemuda300x100banner2010 Remuda Ranch offers inpatient and residential programs for women and girls with anorexia, bulimia, OCD and related issues. Treatment takes place in peaceful ranch-like settings in Arizona. Separate, age-appropriate programs ensure that patients are surrounded by their peers and receive treatment from professionals specializing in that specific age group.
Patients receive an individualized treatment plan designed to meet their precise medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Each woman and girl has a multi-disciplinary treatment team dedicated to helping her get well. This team includes a psychiatric specialist, a primary care physician, a registered dietitian, a licensed master's or doctoral-level therapist, a psychologist, and registered nurses. In addition to individual and group therapy, patients engage in innovative treatment strategies such as equine, art, body image and challenge course.
Remuda Ranch also offers a Binge Eating Disorder Program. This residential program is designed to help women and girls struggling with obesity, compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder. And for those whose eating disorder symptoms are less acute, the Remuda Life Program offers residential treatment. The time spent in this program, with individual and group therapy, often proves exactly what women and girls need to commit to recovery. Since 1990, more than 10,000 individuals have trusted their care to Remuda Ranch. For additional information, please call 1-800-445-1900 today. View Remuda Ranch in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

The Eating Disorder Center at Rogers Eating Disorder Services of Rogers Memorial Hospital is the largest nonaffiliated, behavioral health provider in Wisconsin, Rogers Memorial Hospital offers specialized eating disorder treatment. Rogers Memorial provides 24-hour inpatient care, residential treatment and partial hospitalization for men, women, adolescents, and children. We also offer specialized care for co-occurring anxiety disorders and were the first organization to offer a male-specific residential program. Treatment is comprised of small, age-specific groups yielding the most individualized treatment possible. The treatment team uses a number of therapies that take place mostly in a group setting, where individuals get feedback not only from the therapist but from their peers as well. Rogers Memorial uses evidence-based treatment components including: Family therapy,Nutrition therapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Pharmacotherapy, Art therapy, Movement and fitness therapy (yoga), Experiential therapy, Substance abuse counseling, Spiritual counseling, One-to-one support, Daily living responsibilities, Community outings and therapeutic passes and a Specialized family and friends program.
Rogers Memorial Hospital has treated thousands of patients and families affected by eating disorders. The staff of over 70 professionals, approach each patient, family, and referring outpatient treatment team with dignity and respect, and invite them to be contributors to the treatment plan. Rogers Memorial is a specialty not-for-profit hospital that has contracts with most major insurance providers in order to provide the best treatment options to the most people. In January 2009, Rogers opened a specialized inpatient eating disorder program for children and adolescents, ages 8 and up. Call Rogers Memorial outreach staff today at 1-800-767-4411 ext. 1310. to learn more or to schedule a tour.
View Rogers Memorial in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library



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DRAWING ENDS November 15, 2011.Please complete the contact form, enter "Moving Beyond Depression" in message, and you will automatically be entered into our November 15, 2011 drawing!

Moving Beyond Depression

By Dr. Gregory L. Jantz with Ann McMurray @
In the past, people who arrived at the crossroad of depression had only two escape routes: they could  "get-over-it" or "medicate it." If neither of these paths effectively led to recovery, the person stayed on a dead-end path indefinitely. At some point, the frustration caused some sufferers to leave the path of life altogether. Is it any wonder new answers for depression are needed?
People arrive at the point of depression from many different places, indicating a variety of paths to recovery. In short, there is no one answer for depression and no single path to recovery. Just as the reasons for depression are as varied as the individuals who suffer from it, the paths to recovery will also be unique to each individual.
Not every person suffering from depression should be medicated.
Not every person who has a bad day is depressed.
Not every person who struggles over meaning and purpose in life should be viewed as "crazy."

Not every person is able to bounce back from a major traumatic event without assistance. In order to deal with an individual's depression, his or her uniqueness, his or her story, must be heard, understood, and integrated into a personalized recovery.
Dr. Jantz has generously donated 10 books to be given away in this drawing!

 Eating Disorder Specialist Library Featured Treatment Center

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center Sign Nestled in the quiet town of Redlands, California, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center stands alone in its community as having the only Joint Commission accredited hospital-based outpatient eating disorder program.  For almost ten years we have been providing treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with anorexia and bulimia and offer a safe and hopeful environment in which the individual can explore and examine the issues that contribute to their eating disorder.
Our multidisciplinary team of experts helps individuals begin the healing process by addressing all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit using leading edge treatment. An individualized treatment plan is developed based on the needs and level of care unique to every patient that includes in part, dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapy, coping skills, nutrition education and monitoring, structured meals, spiritual care, as well as individual, group, and family therapy.

Our Programs

We offer both adult and an adolescent eating disorder treatment programs.  Treatment usually begins with partial hospitalization, or 'day treatment,' which means that patients begin treatment at 7:45 am and are finished at 3:00 pm five days a week.
The next level of treatment which is a step down from the partial level of care is IOP, or the intensive outpatient program, which begins from 10:00 am and ends at 2:00 pm, 3-5 days a week, depending on the treatment plan and the level of care the patient needs. With both of our programs, treatment usually begins at the partial level of care and then is decreased as people progress.   Upon completion of the program, patients have access to continuing care services for up to one year where they can come anytime.

Evening IOP Program

We have recently modified our adolescent and young adult IOP program to meet the needs of those who are in school or at work and are unable to attend our morning program. This program takes place on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:15 pm to 7:30 pm. Patients will either enter treatment at the partial level of care and then transition to evening IOP, or  they will enter treatment at the IOP level of care and remain in school if they are medically stable enough to do so. The level of care needed is determined on a case by case basis with medical issues being the first criteria for decisions.

View Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center @ the Eating Disorder Specialist Library


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The unique and rapidly expanding Eating Disorder Specialist Library features detailed overviews and pictures of eating disorder treatment centers and providers. Simplify your search for specialized treatment today!

Many eating disorder sufferers and families find that reviewing the online 'virtual brochures' offered in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library greatly simplifies their search for treatment.
**Treatment Centers interested in participating in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library can contact: for further details.

oliver-pyatt_300x100_01 The Oliver-Pyatt Centers' programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client, addressing the core issues driving the eating disorder while providing the tools needed to live a meaningful life, free from food and weight preoccupation. We believe that one-to-one therapy is the cornerstone of effective eating disorder treatment, and it is the primary reason to choose the Oliver-Pyatt Centers. Each client receives a minimum of six individual therapy sessions per week. Our comprehensive, naturalistic, and highly individualized approach to treatment is provided in an intimate environment with a high staff to client ratio. We have a maximum of ten clients in each of our programs. Our innovative protocols are grounded in a thorough understanding of eating disorders, incorporating state of the art approaches, outcome data, research, and current medical knowledge, all with the support of our compassionate multi-disciplinary treatment team.

View Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library.

a-place-of-hope_300x100_02 For 22 years The Center for Counseling & Health Resources, Inc. has been treating individuals with eating disorders. Our unique whole-person approach to counseling helps individuals to see permanent success over an eating disorder. Our emphasis is on Emotional Balance, Intellectual Discovery, Relational Healing, Physical Wellness, Nutritional Support, and Spiritual Renewal. We offer a World Renown Specialized Intensive Treatment Program that lasts 4-12 weeks with a Transitional Care Program available after your Intensive Treatment. Unlike many other treatment programs, most of your time is spent in personalized individual counseling instead of group sessions. The Center is known for being A Place of Hope. Go to our website and read the numerous testimonials of our clients. Located a few miles outside of Seattle, Edmonds is a beautiful beach town with majestic views. Rather you like the city life or the great outdoors there is plenty to enjoy during your time in the great Pacific Northwest.

View The Center in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

loma-linda-university_300x100_02 Nestled in the quiet town of Redlands, California, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center stands alone in its community as having the only Joint Commission accredited hospital-based outpatient eating disorder program. For almost ten years we have been providing treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with anorexia and bulimia and offer a safe and hopeful environment in which the individual can explore and examine the issues that contribute to their eating disorder. Our multidisciplinary team of experts helps individuals begin the healing process by addressing all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit using leading edge treatment. An individualized treatment plan is developed based on the needs and level of care unique to every patient that includes in part, dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapy, coping skills, nutrition education and monitoring, structured meals, spiritual care, as well as individual, group, and family therapy. For information about our programs and services,visit us

View Loma Linda's Programs in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

The EATING DISORDER TREATMENT PROGRAM at SeaSide Palm Beach specializes in helping individuals who suffer from a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders, which is when an individual suffers simultaneously from both a psychiatric disorder (like an eating disorder) as well as a substance abuse problem (like alcohol abuse or drug abuse). Most people are very surprised to learn that eating disorders have little to do with food. Especially when one considers that many people who suffer from eating disorders actually have an unhealthy obsession with food. In the majority of cases, eating disorders have more to do with a lack of emotional well-being resulting from their inability to identify and communicate their own needs and wants effectively to others. To find out more please call us 24/7 toll-free at (888) 432-2467 today for help!

View SeaSide's programs at the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

Artistic Expression

Free "ED 101" film now available

ED 101 is a free 30-minute film that explores the four types of eating disorders through expert interviews, family testimonials and special performances by American Idol Season 4 finalist,
Natalie Weiss, Tony award-nominated actor Robin de Jesus and Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominated actress, Kerry Butler.
The fact-filled piece features interviews with eating disorder experts, such as Dr. Kim Dennis of Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, Lynn Grefe (CEO, NEDA) and Chevese Turner (CEO, BEDA), as well as hopeful stories from those in recovery. The project is the result of five years of research and is a collaborative distribution effort between more than 15 nonprofit organizations; including, ANAD, BEDA, EDAN, FED UP INC, LETS Educational Foundation, NAMED, NEDA and many others.
Sponsored by Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, the release of ED 101 will be available in TWO formats. First as an online film, then in DVD. Either version comes with informational materials and helpful handouts to lead your own effective discussion panel after the film. Learn about eating disorders with this powerful FREE film... View ED 101 Now

Someday Melissa Documentary

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DVDs of the documentary Someday Melissa, the story of an eating disorder, loss and hope, are now available for pre-order.  On May 6, 2009, after a five-year battle with bulimia, 19 year old Melissa Avrin died of a heart attack. A gifted writer, Melissa kept a journal during her years of struggle with bulimia and depression.  Along with words of sadness and pain, there were powerful messages of hope that Judy Avrin, Melissa's mother, felt needed to be shared.  Her poem "Someday..." became the inspiration for the documentary that Judy created with Danna Markson, LCSW, and Director Jeffrey Cobelli.

To order the film and for more information on Someday Melissa, go to


Monte Nido sponsors this Fall's tour of America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments

Darryl Roberts, award winning filmmaker of America the Beautiful, has done it again. He has taken his camera and his curiosity on the road to examine America's relationship with weight and the pursuit of thinness...Read More


rader_001 The treatment staff at Rader Programs has been providing high-quality clinical programs for over 25 years. We specialize in the treatment of eating and related disorders. It is our mission to help save the lives of those suffering from eating disorders. The primary purpose of Rader Programs is to treat the dysfunctional behavior in a supportive environment. A staff of caring and experienced professionals, many who are recovering themselves, assist the affected individual and their family in developing a life long program for recovery. We recognize the complexity of the disorder and understand the medical, psychological, physical, and nutritional aspects of eating disorders. Our treatment approach is centered around the special needs of each individual and we are completely committed to help individuals achieve recovery.
View Rader Programs in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

new-dawn_250x167 New Dawn is the only eating disorders treatment facility in Northern California that offers the full continuum of care for eating disorders recovery, from Residential Treatment, to Day Treatment, to our Intensive Outpatient Program and outpatient services. Each level of care utilizes a multidisciplinary approach with individualized treatment plans that address the medical, psychological, nutritional, and interpersonal needs of each patient. Our Residential Facility located in San Francisco offers empirically-supported, multidisciplinary treatment for adult women suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. Located in San Francisco, we welcome women from all over the world to participate in our residential eating disorders treatment program. Unlike the vast majority of residential facilities in the United States, New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center offers the full continuum of care necessary to complete the recovery process. This means that you have the choice for your core treatment team to remain constant as you graduate from residential treatment and transition into day treatment, intensive outpatient program, and outpatient services. At New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center, we believe in accompanying you on the full journey of recovery. Such a journey allows for a deeper, more powerfully mutative process. For more information on our programs, please visit our website at For information on our Outpatient Programs, see our listing on this page under Sausalito.

Visit New Dawn in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

renfrew-center The Renfrew Center is the first and largest network of eating disorder treatment facilities in the country and has served more than 55,000 women in its 25 years. The Renfrew treatment philosophy emphasizes a respect for the unique psychology of women, the importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, and the belief that every woman needs to actively participate in her own recovery. The Renfrew Center provides a comprehensive range of services at its facilities in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Programs and services vary by site and include: Residential; Day Treatment; Intensive Outpatient; Group Therapy; Individual, Family, and Couples Therapy; Nutrition Therapy; and Psychiatric Consultation. Renfrew's training programs have reached more than 25,000 healthcare professionals to date and are designed to enhance the knowledge and skills needed to treat these complex disorders. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-RENFREW.

puente-de-vida_300x100_01 Puente de Vida treats Anorexia and Bulimia; males and females, adolescents (ages 15 and up) and adults who live locally, nationally and internationally. Offering individual therapy, nutritional counseling, family therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, support groups, inpatient, residential treatment center. Puente de Vida is a place where therapeutic services are offered to those ages 15 years and older with eating disorders, including those with co-occurring substance use and other disorders. A private six bed, home-like facility, located in beautiful San Diego, provides an excellent setting for the sensitive, inner work that takes place. Puente de Vida's treatment philosophy addresses not just the symptoms but also the underlying issues beneath the surface of eating disorders. An individualized treatment approach includes traditional treatment interventions as well as experiential treatment by our multidisciplinary treatment team. Puente de Vida recognizes that every recovery journey is different and complex and assists the individual in finding their unique path and support in recovery.
View Puente de Vida Programs in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

Sierra Tucson The internationally recognized Eating Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson comprehensively treats eating disorders for males or females who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or compulsive overeating/binge eating disorder. Our full integrative approach cares for the body, mind, and spirit and treats coexisting diagnoses such as depression, trauma, and chemical dependency. Our expert multidisciplinary staff utilize the best of Western and Eastern Medicine to address the total scope of eating disorders.
Key program components include Group and Individual Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, DBT Skills Training, Nutraceuticals, Nutrition & Exercise Plan, EMDR & Somatic Experiencing®, Body Imagery, Restaurant Outing, and Family Program.
Located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona, Sierra Tucson provides a natural healing environment with the highest level of confidentiality. A member of CRC Health Group, Sierra Tucson is multi-licensed as a psychiatric hospital and residential behavioral health treatment center and has received dual Accreditation by The Joint Commission.

The Addiciton and Dual Diagnosis Directory features The Ranch at Dove Tree

1406 County Road 5800 Lubbock, TX 79403    (800) 218-6727

We know recovery works.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, when a recovery program is tailored to the individual needs of a client, treatment for alcohol and drug addiction is as effective as treatments for other illnesses, such as diabetes,  hypertension,  and asthma.
The Ranch at Dove Tree creates a personalized recovery plan created to guide each individual through their recovery.  Each piece of a client's recovery plan is designed to foster the development of essential elements for lifelong recovery, including: Hope, Power of Choice, Positive Identity Development, Healthy Coping Skills, Capacity for Stable Relationships, and Sense of Achievement and Accomplishment.
We are located just north of Lubbock, Texas, on 14 acres of ranch land, surrounded by a wide-open sky with spectacular sunsets.  Our goal is to provide a warm, welcoming environment where clients feel safe and supported.  The Ranch at Dove Tree provides Residential treatment services, Detoxification, Partial Care, Intensive Outpatient, or Transitional Living support.

For further information visit us at: The Ranch at Dove Tree

View The Ranch at Dove Tree in the developing Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Treatment Directory


 Events Calendar

October 13-15: National Eating Disorders Association 2011 Conference at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa in Los Angeles, CA.
October 20: Eating Disorders and Families: An informal evening for parents of kids with eating disorders. Featuring Dr. Daniel Le Grange of the University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program and Harriet Brown, Author of Brave Girl Eating.
October 20-22: The 19th International Conference on Eating Disorders. Kongress Essstörungen 2011. Alpbach, Tyrol, Österreich / Austria.
October 27: JOIN TIMBERLINE KNOLLS FOR A "LUNCH & LEARN" EVENT. Appropriate treatment methodologies utilizing the recovery and 12-step models will be presented.
October 27: The BEDA (Binge Eating Disorder Association, in partnership with Metro Behavioral Health Associates, The Oliver Pyatt Centers and The Pershing Turner Centers present "Binge Eating Disorder: Myths, Science, Treatment and Hope".
October 28: Eating Disorders Awareness Coalition presents The 17th Annual Professional Development Conference: ACTivities to Treat Body Image Dissatisfaction: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy For Clients With & Without Eating Disorders with Dr. Michelle Heffner Macera, PhD - Author, The Anorexia Workbook and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Body Image Dissatisfaction.
October 29: The Seventh Annual Life Lessons Luncheon to benefit The Elisa Project

View further details of these events and those occurring throughout 2011-2012.

Research Programs

The UCLA Eating Disorders Program is currently conducting a study of individuals with anorexia nervosa. We are interested in understanding patterns of visual and emotional information processing using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The following are the basic inclusion/exclusion criteria for our study:
*13- to 30-year-old females or males with anorexia
*No psychiatric medications
*No major psychiatric diagnoses such as bipolar  disorder, schizophrenia, or substance use disorders
*We will allow those with depression or anxiety (other than OCD)
We are enrolling individuals with anorexia who are underweight but in treatment, whom we will scan a second time after they are weight-restored (BMI≥18.5). We are also recruiting anorexics that are already weight-restored. Individuals will be compensated up to $125.00. The study is conducted by Jamie Feusner, M.D., Michael Strober, Ph.D., and Cara Bohon, Ph.D. If you have any questions or would like to refer a patient, please contact Courtney Sheen at 310-206-0468 or

Click here for an extensive national listing of Current Eating Disorder Research


MentorCONNECT MentorCONNECT is the first global eating disorders mentoring community. In addition to mentor matching services, we offer free monthly teleconferences with nationally-known eating disorders experts, weekly live moderated support groups, personalized recovery blogs and member pages, a 100% pro-recovery online community, and more! Membership and all services are offered on a no-fee basis. MentorCONNECT is open to members ages 14 and up, female and male. Our services support individuals struggling with the full spectrum of eating disorder issues. MentorCONNECT is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Men_Get_Eating_Disorders_too 'Men Get Eating Disorders Too' is a registered charity in England and Wales Latest: MGEDT is to pilot live chats from October. Live chat online meetings will be for male sufferers and their carers to share experiences and participate in peer support. Check out our online shop, which is now live! MGEDT charity bands and button badges available for as little as £5 each! Become a member, show your support and have your say in how we deliver our services and campaign. Find out more and join MGEDT.

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